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Spain Appoint Ex-Barcelona Coach Luis Enrique As Manager

Luis Enrique has been appointed as Spain’s next manager on a two-year contract.

The former Roma and Barcelona coach replaces Fernando Hierro, who stepped down as interim boss following La Furia Roja’s World Cup elimination at the hands of hosts Russia recently.

Hierro, a former Spanish international and Real Madrid captain, was placed in temporary charge of the team after Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup, following his decision to take up the coaching post at the Bernabeu without the Spanish FA’s knowledge.

Enrique, 48, has been out of management since leaving the Nou Camp last June, where he won four trophies – the La Liga, Spanish Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup.

Luis Rubiales, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president said:

“The decision was unanimous. I like his commitment and he has turned down better-paid jobs in order to coach Spain.

“He’s a coach who has all the requirements the federation was looking for.”

His first game in charge will be a UEFA Nations League game away to England at Wembley on 8 September.

Former Spain goalkeeper Jose Francisco Molina has also been roped in as the national team’s sporting director.

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